Same-day water pollution test could keep beaches open more often
With warm summer days at the beach on the minds of millions of winter-weary people, scientists are reporting that use of a new water quality test this year could prevent unnecessary beach closures while better ...
Switching to a power stroke enables a tiny but important marine crustacean to survive
Olympic swimmers aren't the only ones who change their strokes to escape competitors. To escape from the jaws and claws of predators in cold, viscous water, marine copepods switch from a wave-like swimming ...
Vibrating armband helps athletes make the right moves
Computer scientists reveal how aquatic olympic gold is captured -- above and below the surface
(Phys.org) -- Computer scientists have isolated the movements of Olympic swimmers and divers through a cutting-edge technique that reveals their motions above and below the water's surface.
Fair play in sport not easy to define in a high-tech age, expert says
(Phys.org) -- The technological edge can come in a swimmers revolutionary suit, in a cyclists specialized bike, in any athletes drug of choice whether legal, untraceable or not yet ...
Engineers are designing, building mechanical ray (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) -- Batoid rays, such as stingrays and manta rays, are among nature's most elegant swimmers. They are fast, highly maneuverable, graceful, energy-efficient, can cruise, bird-like, for long distances ...
'Dead or alive' bounty offered for China piranhas
Authorities in southern China have moved to quash a bizarre piranha threat, offering bounties and free bait amid fears the aggressive South American fish has invaded a river, state media said on Thursday.
Tracking the wave of success for Team GB's swimmers
Training sessions for Team GB's swimmers have been getting a helping hand from a new system incorporating cutting-edge movement tracking and sensor technologies.
Humans blamed as shark attacks 'double'
Sharks killed twice as many swimmers and surfers last year than in 2010, with the increase due largely to a growth in tourism and changing shark patterns due to global warming.
Swimming goes high tech with EPFL-developed inertial systems
Scientists from EPFL's Laboratory of Movement Analysis and Measurement have developed inertial systems, worn in a full-body swimming suit, which can analyse the strengths and weaknesses of elite-level swimmers during workout ...
Analysis shows now-banned technical swimsuits led to top swim performances in 2009
(PhysOrg.com) -- Superstar swimmers and certain comic book superheroes have something unusual in common--when they wear special suits, they gain phenomenal abilities. A first-of-its-kind study from Northwestern Medicine highlights ...
New study documents first cookiecutter shark attack on a live human
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new study co-authored by University of Florida researchers provides details on the first cookiecutter shark attack on a live human, a concern as warm summer waters attract more people to ...
Swimmer's ear medical costs total $500M a year
(AP) -- The first national estimates of swimmer's ear say it causes about 2.4 million trips to doctors and hospitals in a year.